Saturday, February 26, 2011

Days Nine Through Nineteen

Whew.

Lots of projects have kept me at bay from blogging.  I do that though.  It's something you should get used to.

I recently taught myself through YouTube how to crochet.  That's something that has kept me very busy and as soon as I have my project finished, I'll post pics.

This weekend we've been working on remodeling/rearranging kids' rooms.  We moved Kyra completely out of her room and into the sunroom.  Her furniture, which was a little more masculine, went into Guy's room and his furniture went into the sunroom which Kyra is now using.  Trying to decide on her furniture right now.  And Kyra's old room has now become the nursery.  As soon as we get it painted, I'll post some pictures.

Right now, at this moment, I'm waiting to serve the fam a yummy cake while we watch "Singing in the Rain."  I love that they are totally fine with watching old, old movies.  :)

Speaking of cake ...

Yum!

Here's the recipe:

If you can't make the picture bigger, lmk and I'll type it out.


And here's what we've been up to:

Kyra's old room, now turned to nursery.


Kyra's new room.  There will be blinds put in.  
Walmart was all out of the size we needed.


Ahh .. and Guy's "new" furniture.  


Thursday, February 17, 2011

Days Seven & Eight

 Last night, Kyra and I read Jane Eyre together.  I love that she wants to read it with me b/c I'm fairly certain she has NO idea what's going on.  We found several episodes on Netflix so all the listening and reading will pay off for her.



Today, I am 23 weeks.  17 more to go, give or take.  Excitement!



I bought some bread that didn't taste very good so instead of using it for my tuna sandwich, I opted for Romaine lettuce.  It was great!


And here's a look at my breakfast:  plain yogurt, granola, strawberries and honey.  


Have a good one!

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Day Six

I've always wanted to know more about the people who were raised from the dead when Jesus was crucified.  I was reading in Matthew about that this morning and thought that it must have been a very wild day!

Phill and I are going to some friends' house tonight.  We'll just be hanging and getting our book, Kiss Me Like You Mean It.  Can't wait to get started on it!

These are a little late, but Kyra had a great birthday last week.



Tonight we're eating breakfast/brinner.  Should be yummy.  

And here's a recipe for a smoothie I'll make on Thursday:

Warming Ginger Smoothie
The combination of pineapple, mango and ginger in this smoothie gives it an Asian twist. If you are in a cold climate then don’t let this stop you from drinking green smoothies. Ginger is warming on a cold day and also helpful during colds and flus to help you sweat and promote detoxification. Ginger also eliminates intestinal gas, relaxes and soothes the intestinal tract and is anti-inflammatory. In herbal remedies, ginger is used to alleviate nausea, dizziness and vomiting. To benefit from ginger you only need to use a little, as the active substances in ginger are so concentrated.
Pineapple is an excellent source of manganese, which is an important mineral in energy production. Pineapple is often recommended to promote good digestion.
  1. ½ head romaine lettuce
  2. 1 cup pineapple
  3. 1 large mango
  4. 1-inch fresh ginger
Blend the pineapple, mango, ginger and water for 30 seconds. Add the romaine lettuce and blend until smooth.

Monday, February 14, 2011

Day Five

 1 Corinthians 13:7 
...It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

My amazing husband woke up at 11:56p to get on Facebook and leave me a note.  He figured many would leave some sweet note, but wanted to be the first to get on there.  *pinch*

"Sandy,

I just want to let you know on this Valentines Day how much you mean to me. I am truly amazed by the spirit of God in your life. It shines through every day no matter what the circumstances are. You are an inspiration to me & everyone around you.
I am so thankful to God for giving me such a gorgeous wife that loves him. You are a great treasure to the kids & I.

wtgl, phill

Proverbs 18:22
He who finds a wife finds what is good and receives favor from the LORD."

Happy Valentine's Day.








This is what I had for lunch today.  Very.  Good.





Kale and Avocado Salad
  • 1 head kale, shredded
  • 1 cup tomato, chopped (fresh salsa is also delicious!)
  • 1/2 avocado
  • 1-2 tablespoons olive oil or hemp seed oil (go for less if you can)
  • Juice from 1/2 lemon
  • Celtic or Himalayan sea salt, to taste (1/4 – 1/2 t)
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne (optional)
  • For extra yummy…add 1-2 sheets untoasted nori (snip up with scissors into little bits)
  • Optional toppings: raisins, pine nuts, hemp seed nuts, sesame seeds
Preparation
In mixing bowl, toss all ingredients together. Mush everything together (with hands) to created marinated/wilted effect on kale. This makes it much tastier and easier to digest.


Sunday, February 13, 2011

Day Four

Ah, we finally caught ourselves up on our YouVersion devotional last night.  It was about having the character of Christ and the other was to love up to God's standard.  We had a good talk about it and I can see that doing devotions together will definitely give us plenty to talk about, maybe even a 30 minute conversation ;)


Colossians 3:12-14


12 Therefore, as God's chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.13 Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.14 And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.


We heard great messages from both Brock and Spencer at our church today; both messages were about love, specifically loving her. ;)


And here's a different belly shot from me.  Thought I'd do it without some kind of fruit/veggie in the way.  Plus, I need some clever ideas on what to do this week!  It doesn't give me a f/v that is the length of the baby, just the weight of the baby.  So if you think of something cute and a little over 11" in length, give me a holler.






Sunday is a day of rest, and so we've just been chillaxing here at the house all day.  Decided to snap some pics of Kyra's cute outfit since she was still in her Sunday Best.





Tonight's food was so pretty.



And it was a major fail!  I loved it.  Half of my crew hates tomatoes, so I probably should have made it taste more salsa-y so that they'd eat it.  Now I'm stocked up for lunch.   Anyway, if you're interested, here's the recipe:

Spaghetti and Tomato Sauce 

Ingredients:

1 medium to large zucchini
5 small vine ripened tomatoes
1-2 cloves of garlic
10 leaves of fresh basil
two table spoons of olive oil (optional)
dash of cayenne pepper ( optional)
sea salt ( optional)

Tools:
food processor
sweet knife to cut the zucchini into small enough strips or "noodles."

Quarter the tomatoes and place them along with the garlic, and basil in food processor. Using the "s" blade process it for about 30 seconds. This gives a chunkier texture. If you want it finer, process it a bit longer. Pour the mixture into a medium sized bowl and add one to two table spoons of olive oil and the cayenne pepper. Mix gently to distribute all the ingredients. Pour the sauce over your spaghetti and enjoy! 

Would LOVE to know if any of you try this.

I hope you have a sweet Valentine's Day tomorrow!

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Day Three

Well last night was Friday and I'll confess we didn't even do our devotion!   We did, however, take the quiz I mentioned yesterday.  It was rather extensive I thought, but good.  There are 19 pages that explain our answers and we were very happy to see that for the most part, our scores were the same.  I figured after 12 years of marriage that at least somewhere we'd be on the same page. ;)  It was nice.

While Phill was on the quiz or on their main site, he saw a survey that asked how often do you spend with your spouse having a 30 minute, face to face conversation.  :|  I'm not sure we ever have that!  Don't get me wrong, when we're here, we talk.  But it's not undivided attention!  It's while preparing dinner, eating, hanging with the kids, etc...We're both pretty embarrassed about that so we've decided that along with paying attention to what the other's feelings are in public, we are also going to commit to a 30 minute, face to face conversation.  Probably means we need to get back to date nights!

We went to Terra Tots today to attend their cloth diaper workshop!  It was so good and informative.  I finally understood what the difference is between pre-folds, fitted, pocket and all-in-one diapers.  We'll have to go back and register there soon!  I did take a picture of this cute little find.  And I must own at least ONE of these:




We also had a wonderful afternoon at Autumn's Reride Youth Ranch!  It was very cold!  But it was a lot of fun.  We got familiar with the horses and their sweet stories.  I kind of fell in love with this old guy named Asher.



If I remember right, this is Able.


The co-owner, Rebecca Christians is simply delightful.  You ought to go to their site and read up on what they do.  They're a great non-profit organization and so full of love!  We can't wait to go back and visit them!


If you've yet to see this, WATCH and then share.








In food news, last night was one of those, "man are we really going to be able to do this?" kind of nights.  The plan was beans, rice and potatoes [which I usually "sauté" in olive oil] but the fam preferred breakfast and so we had bacon, eggs and potatoes, but I baked them in the oven [that counts for something, right?!]  The easing into this is where we are so I don't feel too bad.  Besides, we have had two sets of smoothies thus far, with both being a success!!

This morning, I made Kale and Pear smoothies.  And really?  Probably my favorite by far!  I was a little nervous that it was going to be a grinandbearit drink, since what I've read of kale is that it's bitter.  I gotta tell you, that this will be on the weekly menu!  And it's a very pretty green color.

I got this recipe from the same friend, Tanya, and plan to share at least one more soon.


Kale and Pear Smoothie:
Kale may not be the first thing you think of when it comes to making a great smoothie—but it is definitely one of the best! Dark leafy green kale is packed with calcium in a form that the body finds easier to digest than milk—and that’s a real bonus for your bones. Pair these nutritious but bitter leaves with pear, green grapes, and orange and a banana, and you get a surprisingly sweet smoothie that is absolutely loaded with nutrition. 

Green grapes may help improve circulation and prevent blood clots—and the seeds contain protective flavinol compounds that fight free radicals and repair connective tissues. Oranges protect against colds, flu, heart disease and strokes with a big vitamin C immune boost. Bananas are a smoothie staple, but they are packed with cholesterol calming potassium.
Yield: 4 cups (960 ml)                                    
  • 1 cup green grapes
  • 1 (130 g) orange, peeled
  • 1/2 Bartlett pear
  • 1 (120 g) banana, fresh or frozen
  • 1 cup kale
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 cups ice cubes


Thanks for reading!

Friday, February 11, 2011

Day Two

Last night Phill and I did the Love and Marriage devotion for day one.  We read the verses on love and respect and realized one of the best ways for me to show him respect and for him to show me love is to pick up on the others' clues when we're in public.  We both tend to be selfish, and if something doesn't directly apply to us, then we just hear what the other person is saying, not necessarily act on it.  So we vowed to be better.


Ephesians 5:21-33


21 Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ.22 Wives, submit yourselves to your own husbands as you do to the Lord.23 For the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the church, his body, of which he is the Savior.24 Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit to their husbands in everything.25 Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her26 to make her holy, cleansing her by the washing with water through the word,27 and to present her to himself as a radiant church, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless.28 In this same way, husbands ought to love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself.29 After all, no one ever hated their own body, but they feed and care for their body, just as Christ does the church—30 for we are members of his body.31 "For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh."32 This is a profound mystery—but I am talking about Christ and the church.33 However, each one of you also must love his wife as he loves himself, and the wife must respect her husband.


Tonight, we're going to take this test.  It's step 2 on NWA Healthy Marriages' page.


Last night I made Banana Blueberry smoothies.  They were very good!!  I had mine last night and froze Phill's and the kids' for this morning.  Everyone liked theirs.


This morning, I made Berry Blast smoothies for myself with leftover to eat later.  I got this recipe from a friend's Facebook note.
Berry Blast Smoothie
In this recipe berries bring a sweet fragrance with a subtle tart overtone and make this low GI treat a real winner. Research is suggesting that raspberries have the potential to inhibit cancer cell proliferation and tumor formation. Raspberries contain ellagic acid, an antioxidant that neutralizes free radicals and prevents damage to cell membranes. Whilst fresh berries are best, freezing does not destroy their anti-oxidant activity and is sometimes more convenient. Berries are also heart-healthy foods. In a Finnish study, subjects who ate two serves of berries a day were found to have lower blood pressure and lower cholesterol.
Spinach has been found to have thirteen different flavonoid compounds with anti-cancer properties. Spinach has been shown to slow down the growth of cancer cells in the stomach and the prostrate and to be inversely related to the incidence of breast cancer. Spinach has also been shown to protect against osteoporosis, heart disease, colon cancer and arthritis.
  1. 1 cup raspberries
  2. 1 cup blueberries
  3. 1 apple
  4. 3 big handfuls of baby spinach
  5. 2 cups of water
Blend together the apples, raspberries, blueberries and water for 30 seconds. Add the baby spinach and blend until smooth.

Yum!